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Greek and Coptic

Only two characters have been selected from this range, which contains 134 characters in the Unicode Standard v. 5.1. Coptic has been disambiguated from Greek and given a separate range in the Unicode Standard, 2C80–2CFF. However, the old range, 0370–03FF, has retained its name ‘Greek and Coptic’. Although not a part of the Latin alphabet, Greek characters are often found in bibliographic or text critical usage among Medievalists, e.g. in quoted text, in manuscript sigla (e.g. Copenhagen, Arnamagnæan Collection, AM 243 b α fol, ‘The King’s Mirror’) or in stemmatic recensions (for hyparchetypes or lost manuscripts). We therefore recommend that MUFI-compatible fonts should include the whole range of Greek characters.

Glyph EntityNumericCodepoint ChartDescriptionVersion Andron
0398ΘΘ0398GkCoGREEK CAPITAL LETTER THETAUni.: 5.1
MUFI: 3.0
Θ
03B8θθ03B8GkCoGREEK SMALL LETTER THETAUni.: 5.1
MUFI: 3.0
θ
The theta characters are sometimes used as an abbreviation sign for obiit ‘he/she died’, but we recommend using the alternative obiit pair of characters in subrange 5 of the Private Use Area (p. 76 below). See also the introduction in Ernst W.E. Hübner, Exempla Scripturae Epigraphicae Latinae, Berlin: Reimer 1885 (rpt. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1979), in which he states that the theta should be kept apart from the obiit sign (barred ‘o’).
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